What does it sound like?:
Best known for his vocals in Erasure, Andy Bell returns with a sequel to his 2014 album and Edinburgh Fringe Show Torsten The Bareback Saint.
Forget the pop preconceptions of Erasure, because this is quite a different beast – a song cycle of a polysexual semi-immortal being outliving his numerous friends and lovers and ultimately living out a lonely existence.
The album overall has a theatrical feel, with many pieces having lush arrangements. Having said that, pop sensibilities are not entirely neglected and the cabaret style pieces are less in evidence than on its predecessor, as generally a more commercial approach has been taken. In fact there are a number of songs here that would pick up radio play were it not for the explicit lyrics.
What does it all *mean*?
This is certainly an intriguing piece of work, not at all what I was expecting. The live peformances would be well worth experiencing.
Goes well with…
Hard to say really, theatrical pieces such as Cabaret spring to mind, but with added Erasure style pop hooks!
Might suit people who like…
Put your preconceptions aside and give this a try.